The Morandi bridge, an important motorway viaduct in Genoa, managed by a private company, collapsed on 14 August, causing more than 40 victims. The probable cause is structural collapse, the signs of which were nonetheless ignored for years.
« The image is truly apocalyptic. It looks as though a bomb has fallen on this stretch of road, which is a major artery » - that is how a journalist described the Morandi bridge in Genoa just after it had collapsed, destroying the lives of dozens of people.
These words bring to mind other images, those of about 40 Serbian bridges destroyed by NATO bombing in 1999 - among these the bridge over the Morava in Southern Serbia, where two missiles hit a train and massacred the passengers. For 78 days, taking off mostly from Italian bases supplied by the D’Alema government, 1,100 planes made 38,000 sorties, launching 23,000 bombs and missiles. They systematically destroyed Serbian structures and infrastructures, causing thousands of civilian victims. 54 Italian planes participated in the attacks, making 1,378 sorties and attacking objectives indicated by the US command. « Taking into account the number of planes involved, we were second only to the United States. Italy is a major country, and there should be no surprise at the engagement we are showing in this war », declared D’Alema.
In the same year that it took part in the final demolition of the Yugoslavian State, the D’Alema government dismantled the public property of the Società Autostrade (also manager of the Morandi bridge), by handing over a part of it to a group of share-holders, and listing the rest on the Stock Exchange. The Morandi bridge collapsed fundamentally under the responsibility of a system centred on profit, the same system which is at the heart of the powerful interests represented by NATO.
The comparison between the images of the collapsed Morandi bridge and the bombed Serbian bridges, which may at first seem forced, is on the contrary well-founded.